As I’m sure many of you know, the internet exploded earlier this week when a video of a man shouting anti-Semitic propaganda while wearing a giant Elmo costume in the middle of Central Park was discovered on YouTube. You all probably sat back after you watched it and said something like “Hoo boy, I just do not see how this story could get any more weird and unsettling. Nope, we’ve definitively maxed out on the weird and unsettling scale.” Well it turns out you were wrong. Very, VERY wrong. The New York Times did some background on the man in the costume, and it uncovered all sorts creepy stuff. Like, for example, the fact that he had his name legally changed to Adam Sandler a few years back. Oh, and also this:
Mr. Sandler said he has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, which the university confirmed. He later traveled to Cambodia and started a pornographic Web site called “Welcome to the Rape Camp.”
“I had a sex scandal,” he said.
An online search yielded news accounts of the site, like a 1999 article by The Associated Press that identified Mr. Sandler by his original name. The Cambodian police arrested Mr. Sandler that year and quickly deported him, according to news media accounts and Mr. Sandler. He insisted the women on the site were not harmed and were paid $20 per performance.
To recap: There is a man named Adam Sandler who was deported from Cambodia for running a website called “Welcome to the Rape Camp,” and he is running around popular New York City landmarks screaming anti-Semitic conspiracy theories while dressed as a beloved character from an educational television show aimed at children. Never take your kids outside again.